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Jan 16, 2014 5:30am PST
's border with syria. the vatican is undercut scrutiny by the u.n. on the children's rights. the catholic church has been slammed over allegations of child sex abuse by priests and an inadequate response from church officials. protest over high-cost redevelopment plans for city in northern spain spread to madrid. oulsons in the street call it a waste of money for the cash- strapped country that it can afford. -- thousands in the street call it a waste of money for the cash-strapped country that it can't afford. coming up this hour, but he waved its the australian open hard with some players and spectators passing out from the heat. steamy details coming up in sports. and then on hand to give us the details of his recent coverage of the ongoing conflict in central african republic. story in the hague for war the trial is on for four members of hezbollah accused of assassinating former lebanese minister. his death nine years ago sent shockwaves throughout the region. he was killed in a massive car bombing, which many of his supporters blamed on the syrian regime. anyscus has always denied i
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Jan 22, 2014 3:00am EST
participants. then all of the roadshow moves to geneva, to the u.n. headquarters in geneva. and that is where - it will be a smaller gathering, the two sides around the table. the syrian opposition and government. that's where they get to all the big questions. the idea of the u.n. and the arab league comes up with the end of this, with the government made up of part of the opposition and part of the regime. that will be difficult because the opposition will not have assad or anyone close to him. the government says, "no, we have to have president assad as the head of state. they'll start with the easier stuff. it's difficult, trying to get local ceasefires, prisoner exchanges, confidence-building measures. they'll start at that level and come up with a bigger solution, coming up with a transitional government. that is the aim of all this. a new government for syria. a transitional body. >> thank you very much for that. >> that's james bays live in montro. let's go to our correspondent in lebanon's becker valley. >> while the diplomatic talks with some of the world leaders get under way, wha
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Jan 16, 2014 2:00am EST
not repudiate him. >> the u.n. says 2013 was the deadliest year in iraq since 2008. almost 8,000 people were killed last year. >> there is now hope a u.s. soldier who disappeared from a base in afghanistan in 2009 is still alive. army sergeant bo bergdahl is the only u.s. prisoner of war. the u.s. military says it has proof of life video shot by its captors. u.s. officials believe bo bergdahl is held in pakistan by a network with links to the taliban. the pentagon said in a statement: >> reacting to the video the bergdahl family said: >> a massive scandal is upfolding that involves air force personnel in charge of the country's nuclear arsenal. 34 air force officers are facing accusations ranging from drug use to cheating on important exams. there are - there are supposed to be safeguards to the u.s. missile defense program. >> they are at the heart of american strategy, intercontinental missiles armed with nuclear weapons. the civilian head of the air force revealed that 34 officers are under investigations for drug use and cheating on proefficiency exams. they are the officers in charge of
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Jan 15, 2014 1:00pm EST
's war victims. >> hello there, the latest in europe including the vatican face as u.n. review on child sex abuse. and they are still not doing enough to address the issue. >>> plus inside british's dron e hq. >> in the face of this, this, and this, all over this country iraq's prime minister is been calling for international help in his fight against armed sunni muslim troops. nouri al-maliki warned of a long fight ahead. 75 people killed in a series of attacks in baghdad, more than 500 people have been killed already in iraq this year. we have more. >> reporter: once again the twisted melt from a bomb blast is spread across a baghdad neighborhood. it's something that we see time and time again in busy markets residential neighborhoods, car bombs go off and brood spills. there has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attacks follow a familiar pattern. they want to keep tension boiling. prime minister al maliki said there is a war on terror and those responsible will be funned. >> they have possibly been taken over by al-qaeda and used as bases, and the houses that were th
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Jan 20, 2014 2:00pm EST
. >>> a controversial u.n. invite to iran putting the geneva talks in jeopardy. >> drink the wawt? drink it occasionally. >> capping up to the west virginia governor about the state's water woes. >> plus one of the largest martin luther king day gatherings in the country. >> there could be an about-face with the united nations concerning iran in the syrian peace talks. the u.n. now expects the u.s. to withdraw the are invitation to iran, expected to begin wednesday. john tret is in iran and ban ki-moon's invitation causing controversy. >> that's putting it mildly. backed by other governments around the world, u.s. including britain and saudi arabia, very unhappy that the secretary-general of the u.n, ban ki-moon, has invited iran to peace talks on wednesday. promised that they will come with a positive attitude, no preconditions but the united states has said look they haven't publicly signed up with the communique of geneva 1 that these talks will create a icial traditional national governmen government -- transitional interim government. here is the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. samantha powe
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Jan 15, 2014 6:00pm EST
around not least the 4 million syrians that are now dependent on u.n. aid inside syria. kuwait kicked off the pledging offering some $500 million. i spoke to the u.n. representatives earlier on and they say they now have got 80% of the money that was pledged last year. they're obviously knocking on doors and chasing up the outstanding funds because the thing is it's all very well pledging the money, but the u.n. needs that cash in hand now. it needs that cash to buy emergency relief supplies, to buy food, aid, to give to the syrians. but one of the other major challenges that the u.n. faces, and it was touched on by u.s. secretary of state john kerry and by ban ki-moon, it is very difficult to get aid in when the syrian regime is not allowing the aid to get in. there are a lot of besieged towns and cities that are preventing aid from getting through. again, john kerry accused the regime of using civilians as pawns in this civil conflict, and he's appealing to the syrian regime to allowed aid to get through. >> earlier we spoke to john mccain about the humanitarian aid. >> there are now 13
Jan 15, 2014 5:30am PST
you. elsewhere, waiting in the wake of the u.n. record of the offer of 6.5 leading u.s. dollars to help solve the problems in syria. the intensity of the prospects for negotiating solutions, the is that 69 far nations will be attending the conference. details from our correspondent. >> that was the same level as donorsar, only one dozen have spoken so far. this comes in addition to the 440 million from yesterday. last year they supported each other with $300 million. qatar, butn, with nowhere off the premises. >> meanwhile in syria, thousands of palestinian refugees are facing starvation after the blockade of their camp in damascus continued. the u.n. says that 15 people have already died of hunger in recent weeks. that they were being attacked by gunmen. rebel fighters say that the assad government is using cell they -- starvation. this report contains images that some of you may find disturbing. >> the desolate streets of the refugee camp in south damascus. a small group of palestinian refugees are out in protest, caught in the crossfire of a war that is not their own. they ho
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Jan 20, 2014 2:00am EST
, after a round of last-minute telephone calls the u.n. secretary-general made this announcement. >> 40 ministers policemeninged that iran -- pledged that iran would play a positive and subcontractive role. therefore as convener and host of the conference, i decided to issue an invitation to iran to participate. >> no sooner had that statement been made, than it was greeted with this from the syrian national coalition - a sweet from spokesman louis confirming the s.n.c. decision to withdraw from the conference, unless iran's invitation was resigned. on saturday in istanbul, the same spokesman announced that the opposition would talk to representatives of the syrian government under u.n. auspices. >> a majority. for going to the negotiating table. and, of course, we are all aware that the regime is trying to find, you know, a loophole to try to get out of its commitment >> and in syria itself all the while, the killing on the ground goes on. the activist video was filmed in aleppo on saturday. it purports to show the aftermath of barrel bombs, used by the government against rebel positio
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Jan 20, 2014 1:00pm PST
make of this the u.n. chief saying, not so fast, rescind it. >> the u.s. actually really leaned on him over this. it was a terrible, stupid idea he put forward to invite iran. iran eagerly accepted and this was wrong. it would legitimatized iran and they have been a major cause of the trouble. it's good he reversed it. but it was terrible he invited iran in the first place, neil. >> he said the timing in the first place had to do with iran agreeing to sort of police itself on its open nuclear operations. this is day one of that. they've got the first access to $4 billion of cash to go on a shopping supreme aodd, the timing, what do you make of it? >> i make that the u.n. loves iran. iran is -- sits on a whole slew of u.n. agency executive boards, it is chairing the second largest voting bloc in the general asemi, it's all othe miss at the u.n. and as the u.s. makes any move towards offering legitimacy to iran, the u.n. jumps on it. ban can i mon was off and running, and kofi an nap visited iran. he was the former envoy for syria before the current problem -- he was a disaster. the u.n.
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Jan 21, 2014 2:00am EST
not agree. on monday the u.n. withdrew the invitation. after the announcement syria's main opposition coalition agreed to attend the courts which began on wednesday with a conference, before moving to geneva on friday. as the diplomatic intrigue unfolded, it was a day of violence in syria. 16 people were killed after two car bombs exploded on the border with turkey. as nick reports, it happened in an area held by fighters. >> just two days before a conference designed to start a peace process, syria's war is as vibrant as ever. monday's attack. more than a dozen killed. the bombs targeted vehicles going into syria, and destroyed nearby shops and killed customers. >> we are right on the syrian turkish border. it may look calm, but 15 minutes ago, a mile beyond the crossing there were two huge explosions, one of them a car bomb. i spoke to an eyewitness who saw dozens of bodies. most of the victims were women and children trying to flee the war and come to turkey. >> we were at the crossing and heard a huge explosion. five minutes later another explosion went off. many people died. >> i
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Jan 20, 2014 3:00am EST
check check >> syrian peace talks in doubt. the opposition threatens to pull out unless the u.n. withdraws its invitation to iran. >> from al jazeera's headquarters in doha, we have your top stories from around the world. >> the taliban carries out a second deadly attack in as many days in pakistan, striking near army headquarters. >> mob justice in central african republic. e.u. minister are deciding whether to send more troops. >> and south korea - the private details of 20 million bank customers is leaked. >> just hours after everything seemed to be on track planned peace talks on syria appear to be thrown into disarray. the main opposition group is threatening to boycott the meeting. the syrian national coalition is furious over iran being invited. >> the last few days have seen intense shuttle diplomacy over syria. this was moscow last thursday - a meeting the friends and allies. russia hosting the iranian and foreign ministers. iran's foreign minister making it clear that his country is ready and willing to go switzerland if invited. sunday evening, after a round of last-m
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Jan 20, 2014 11:00am EST
sensitive nuclear work in return for limited sanctions relief. iran and the five permanent members of the u.n. security council plus germany will implement the agreement over the next six months. it took ten years of diplomacy to make the deal happen, but just six months and a new government to start what many see as iran's return from the cold. al jazeera, tehran. >> for more on those syrian peace talks that may or may not start we turn to james bays in geneva. >> reporter: it's taken nearly eight months to get the syrian opposition to agree to come to the talks which are due to talk here in switzerland from wednesday. they finally agreed at the weekend, but now this invitation to iran seems to have put that all in jeopardy. the syrian opposition now say that in a matter of hours if the u.n. has not rescinded its invitation to iran they will pull out of the process. they will not send a delegation to geneva. even if they were to sit around the table with the assad regime the prospects of getting a deal seem quite distant. that's because of key points, the key sticking point which is whether
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Jan 21, 2014 5:00am EST
the armed groups out of congo with u.n. support. adf originally came from neighboring ugandaaaa and began 1995 on the border in the mountains. they fought the uganda army and were defeated, since 2004 they have been based in eastern congo and it's lawless and they thrived and their territory includes lucrative gold and mines and thick rain forest. even walking through it is difficult. this thick cover is what makes it easy for the rebels to hide and attack government forces when they come in but not the only benefit of being in the forest and trees like this one can be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars in timber but it's only possible for the adf to prosper with business people and some government officials both here in congo and across the border new grand da and if they have cash coming in to buy supplies and ammunitions it's going to be very difficult for the government to defeat them. in the nearby town of benny they said the mayor worked with them before and we asked him repeatedly but he said he didn't understand the question and now he is clearly on the government's side.
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Jan 19, 2014 11:00pm EST
. the man from teheran that his -- making clear that his country was ready to go. the u.n. secretary-general made this announce. >> pledged that iran would play a positive and constructive roll in montreul. therefore as convenor and host of the conference i have issued an invitation for iran to participate. >> no sooner than that statement was made than it was greeted from the syrian national, confirming the snc decision to withdraw from the conference unless iran's violation was resinted. in istanbul, would talk to representatives of the syrian government under u.n. auspices. >> an absolutely majority voted for going to the negotiating table. and of course we are all aware that the regime is trying to find loophole to try to get out of its commitment. >> reporter: in syria all the while the fighting goes around. this activist video was filmed in aleppo. using barrel bombs against civilians. the invitation to iran has raised serious doubts with use days to go about. fergus nickel, al jazeera. >> u.s. wants him to step down litle go to libby casey in washington. how worried is the w
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Jan 16, 2014 6:00am EST
of his own to look into it. thursday's appearance is overdue. the extent to which they engage with the u.n. will be a test of france sis's papacy and whether he can deliver on the issue of sexual abuse and cover up. >> a new report details how widespread it has been. the authors have little optimism that the church will change its approach. >> we traced back over the last two decades all the promises that have been made and what happened. there have been many promises in the past. everything that has happened happened in se cesse. >> in do 12 the u.n. asked the vatican to respond to questions about child abuse and what assist doing about it. many questions are unanswered. >> if the institution acknowledges failings, i, like many others and suffered at its hand will have some form of closure and some means of moving on. >> the u.n. committee meeting with the holie seer is under way. simon mcgregor-wood has been covering the story. >> it's the first time since 1994 that the diplomatic part of the vatican turned up to be questioned on the committee on the rights of the child, the vatican sign
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Jan 16, 2014 4:00pm EST
priest sex abuse crisis. to tied u.n. committee grilled vatican officials over allegations they protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims they conceded the church needs to do more to deal with the scammeddal. but denied accusations i've cover up. >> it's not a poll to encourage cover ups, but this goes against the truth. >> al jazerra simon mcgregor-wood has more on today's hearing in geneva. >> reporter: for many that was a chance for the vatican to display different attitude and was a very public form. the session opened from a statement from the vatican tell greg. >> the the actions taken by local churches presents a frame bourque that when properly applied will help eliminate the occurrence of child sexual beus by clergy and other church personnel. >> reporter: an attempt to reassure. but didn't convince many. the question came thick and fast. >> whawhat are you doing with remarked to 39 of or convention which refers to reparations both psychological and financial to children who are have been victims of six uma beus. despite the exception tiff protests, what steps have be
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Jan 20, 2014 12:00pm EST
of the talks unless the u.n. unininvites iran by the day's end. john, ban ki-moon's visitation n to iran. >> it has broken out in a spat at the united nations here on the east side of manhattan and state department and it's all over an invitation from the secretary general ban ki-moon, who has invited the iranians to the geneva peace talks slated to begin on wednesday. mr. ban saying he has been persuaded that they would participant in a positive manner and will come without pre-conscience. but that has angered the western back council in syria. they're very cross about this. they say, look, tehran is too much of a close ally to the leader of syria, and they have not really signed up to the whole points of these talks, which is to create a transitional government. the news conference has been abruptly canceled but we have heard from the u.s. ambassador to the united nations samantha power. here's what she had to say about the situation as it stands at the moment. >> as of this morning iran still has yet to demonstrate it's willingness to explicitly and publicly subscribe to the full impl
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Jan 21, 2014 6:00am EST
will be taking part in the talks which officially get underway tomorrow in geneva. on monday the u.n. rescinded iran's invitation because the country would not commit to the geneva communication, a plan to establish a transitional government in syria. >> joining the global consensus behind the geneva communicae and outside of the basic understanding he has decided the one day montra gathering will go without their participation. >> reporter: they are busy keeping peace talks on track the war ranges on in syria as nick reports from the border syria shares with turkey the fighting is taking place across the country. >> reporter: just two days before conference designed to start a peace process syria's war is as violent as ever and monday's deadly attack and killed at the crossing and targeted vehicles going into syria and destroyed shops and killed customers. we are right on the syria and turkish border and may look calm but 15 minutes ago a mile beyond the crossing there were two huge explosions and at least one of them a car bomb and one eyewitness saw dozens of bodies and said most of the pe
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Jan 18, 2014 12:00pm EST
to hide under tables before being killed. the victims were of various nationalities. four of them were u.n. staff. the u.n. hoped the restaurant was safe but no place in kabul can guarantee security. >> it speaks to the fact that security is a big security in kabul no matter how secure a place may seem, it's always going to be an issue. >> reporter: the restaurant was popular with foreigners and high ranking afghani officials. it's lebanese owner was well-known and liked. speaking to al jazeera in 2008 he was confident thinks business would not be targeted. >> we do not take part in any political or military activities. so the revenue from this activity is not only beneficial to us but all afghanis. >> reporter: he died in the attack. al jazeera, kabul,ing. >> rebel leaders are in istanbul deciding whether they should participate in peace talks. >> reporter: there are two issues at stake here. one is participant and one is constitutional. we've got a split in the block here. a group of 44 took themselves out of the syrian coalition claiming that the lead up to geneva had not been properly
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Jan 19, 2014 3:00am EST
getting through. >> aid at last. this camp had been cut off for months. the u.n. tried to reach the people inside repeatedly. on saturday some aid got through. >> translation: i hope there'll be more aid to reach every evidence. there is talk of 7,000 boxes to cover all the camp's residence. we hope it will continue because many of our children are dying of hunger because of the siege. >> the suffering in the camp took many forms. the worst effects have been on the youngest. malnutrition struck many children. some restarted to eat grass to ward off hunger. dozens died. before the war yarmouk was home to 160,000 refugees. the camp was set up and has grown to include schools and health center. yarmouk has been surrounded by government forces for month. bashar al-assad's government said it sent an aid convoy to the camp, and it was stopped by terrorist gangs. the rebels say they've tried to get people with medical problems out. but were fired upon. for some people on the streets of yarmouk saturday seems different. >> i did take a box. i hope everyone will get aid and safety and security come
Jan 15, 2014 5:00am PST
reactors to boost revenue. >>> and the u.n. is calling on countries around the world to help raise billions of dollars in aid for those suffering because of the syrian civil war. two people are in critical condition, after a japan maritime self-defense force vessel collided with a sports fishing boat. the collision off the coast of western japan threw four people from the fishing boat into the ocean. officials from the japanese coast guard are launching an investigation into the incident. nhk world has more. >> reporter: the accident took place wednesday morning off atatajima island. the fishing boat capsized and its captain and three customers were thrown overboard. self-defense forces personnel rescued all four. two of them were safe. but the captain and one of the customers were taken to a hospital. the cause of the accident is still unclear. the self-defense force ship involved in the incident is an 8,900 ton transport vessel called the "osumi." at the time of the accident, it was heading to port for scheduled maintenance. defense minister itsunori onodera expressed his condolences and
Jan 19, 2014 2:30pm PST
on wednesday, less than half the u.n. appeal target. >> after two years coming in second, named the best footballer in 2014. an emotional moment for the portuguese star and his mother. >> good evening. i cannot find the words to describe this moment. >> the german goalkeeper was named best female player. and the men's award went to another german, the former bayern munich boss. there was a special lifetime achievement award. it went to a brazilian legend, the only player to win the world cup three times, pele. >> welcome to the 71st annual golden globe award. weekllywood spent the celebrating the winners of the golden globes. johnny depp announced the prize for best drama. it goes to "12 years a slave." >> director steve mcqueen won with a moving story about racists and slavery in united states. "american hustle" collected three awards -- best comedy, best actress in a comedy for amy adams, and best supporting actress for jennifer lawrence. >> it is such an honor. cuaron takes the best director accolades for "gravity." sandra bullock is an astronaut racing against time to get back to ear
Jan 20, 2014 2:00pm PST
in kiev. thank you for joining us. u.n. secretary-general ban ki- moon says intense and urgent discussions are underway in this week's peace talks ontario -- on syria. >> the un's chief was dismayed after ron issued a statement on monday rejecting any preconditions for the talks. the main opposition in the syrian national council says it will pull out if they do not cancel the invitation by this evening. >> for more on that we are joined by our middle east expert. this was already said to be an uphill battle, where does this leave the u.n.? >> in a very dangerous situation. it might well be that in the end, the u.n. secretary general would be made responsible for possible failure of the conference. it is a continuation of we have seen in the recent mode -- months and weeks. many specialist did not expect this conference to take place, and it is still in danger two days before it starts. >> if they do get through this, and the conference does take place, the president has been talking about running for election. against a background like that, is there any hope -- any hope of concrete progr
Jan 20, 2014 2:30pm PST
good business. >>union bank. now "bbc world news america. >> this is "bbc world news america." the u.n. secretary general says iran is no longer invited to participate. in syria peace talks after a day of diplomatic drama our team witnesses scenes of devastation and south sudan, but even a hospital wasn't spared from this brutal assault. spacecraft is, a brought out of hibernation. now let the hunt begin. >> if all goes well, it will close in for the first ever attempt to touchdown on one of these bizarre objects. >> welcome to our viewers in public television in america and around the globe. tonight, the united nations has withdrawn an invitation to iran to attend the syria peace talks. it comes less than 24 hours after the offer was extended. it follows a statement by tehran that it was unwilling to accept a deal involving a political transition in syria. >> 100 thousand dead. half the population needing humanitarian aid. the regime and opposition accepted the un's plea for talks. then it all nearly unraveled. the u.n. invited iran, and the opposition threatened to boycott. showirst,
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Jan 15, 2014 5:00am EST
, there has been extraordinary numbers bandied around, not at least the 4 million syrians depended on u.n. aid in syria. the hopes of the conference, the kuwaities offered $500 million, first off the mark. the secretary of state john kerry offered $380 million on behalf of the u.s. government, and that already is getting close what was pledged a year ago, which was $1.5 billion. they are looking for that, $6.5 billion. >> one of the problems is that not all the money that is pledged actually gets paid. apparently 20% or 30% is outstanding from the last conference and this is worrying the u.n. chief ban ki-moon. >> well, i spoke to the u.n. representatives early on. they say now they have 80% of the money pledged last year. they are obviously knocking on doors and chasing up the outstanding funds, because it's all very well pledging the money, but the u.n. needs the cash in hand, to buy emergency relief supply, to buy food aid to give to the syrians, a major challenge that the u.s. face, and was touched on by secretary of state john kerry and ban ki-moon is it's difficult to get aid through whe
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Jan 15, 2014 4:00pm EST
on this toxic issue. issue. he set up a new committee of his own to look into it. thursday appearance with the u.n. is overdue, the extent to which they work with the u.n. will be a test of his papacy, and whether they can deliver on the issue of sexual abuse and allegation of cover up. a new report details how widespread the abuse has been. the authors have little optimism that the church. >> there have been many promises in the past. very little has happened concretely, and everything that has allegedly happened has happened in complete secrecy. >> reporter: in 2012 the u.n.or asked to response to questions. many questions remain unanswered. >> if the institution acknowledges it's many failings, then i like many other people who have suffered at its hands i think will have some form of closure and some means of perhaps moving on. >> reporter: the vatican is coming to geneva because it signed the u.n.'s convention on the rights of the child, and it says it takes its treaty obligations very seriously, although it's action or inaction over the issue of child abuse might. this is a good opportunity
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Jan 17, 2014 5:00am EST
is a camera man and have been detained for five months now. a u.n. human rights officer has told al jazeera that parts of south sudan have been reduced to ghost towns and thousands have died in weeks of fighting between government forces and rebels loyal to former vice president. >> i can confirm already that both sides were involved in a number of atrositys and those atrositys are punishable under international law. they would certainly be differences in atrositys that happened in duba or bantu and they are ghost towns and bantu has been burned down and there is no bantu anymore. when we were passing by we were passing by unburied bodies and myself just driving through bantu, have seen 15-20 dead bodies. we didn't go and we didn't look into houses. we didn't look for bodies but they are there. >> reporter: and the battle for south sudan's stability doesn't end at its borders, uganda president confirmed his country troops have been fighting alongside south sudan troops and they say 850 of its troops will arrive in south sudan to help restore peace and kenya is also involved, taking in thou
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Jan 19, 2014 8:00pm EST
than two hours after the u.n. unvit iran to peace talks syria's main opposition group threatens to back out. >> united states pushes for peace in ukraine, bloody battles. tens of thousands defying a government ban on protests >> growing security concerns at the sochi winter olympics. video threats appear on the internet. >> and trying to convince people in west virginia the water is safe, but there are lingering concerns. >> a major development tonight in the upcoming syria talks in switzerland. united nations secretary-general ban ki-moon announced the edition of iran to join the conference. it sparked reactions from the syrian opposition who said they will not attend unless iran's invitation is retracted. they say that it is essential for iran to bring an end to the violence. >> i believe strongly that iran needs to be a part of the solution to the syrian crisis. >> iran is an important ally to syrian president bashar al-assad. now, a group called the islamic front, an alliance of forces rejected the talks. if a breakthrough is reached, it will be harder to implement on a battlefield.
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Jan 20, 2014 6:00pm EST
there? >>> the syrian peace is talks saved after iran is disinvited. after u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon invited iran to the geneva 2 peace talks, just a couple of hours ago, the u.n. withdrew that invite to iran. >> the secretary-general is deeply disappointed by iranian public statements today that are not at all consistent with that stated commitment. he continues to urge iran to join the global consensus, behind the geneva communique. given that it has chose be to remain outside of that basic understanding he has decided that the one-day montreux gathering will proceed without iran's participation. john terrett is at the u.n. why the about-face? >> it was a rather quick about face but not for the reasons you might believe. the syrian peace talks in geneva, the syrians are coming, he's very pleased. britney is unhappy, gulf states are unhappy because iran will not openly commit to the purpose of this talks, to get a provisional government minus bashar al-assad. not because the syrian opposition threatened to boycott the talks on wednesday, it looked like that but a very, very nua
Jan 21, 2014 3:00pm PST
, already hit a diplomatic speed bump with the u.n. secretary general ban ki moon inviting iran sunday night, and then dis-inviting tehran yesterday. today, iran said it never wanted to go in the first place. >> ( translated ): about us not being invited to the geneva 2 talks, i have to announce that we were never interested in participating in these talks. this was the u.n. secretary general insisting that we participate in these talks, and now they have canceled their invitation. this is very unfortunate and sad and we are very keen to know the real facts as to why he was forced to reverse this invitation. >> warner: criticism also came from the russians, who said it was a mistake not to include iran. >> ( translated ): despite the largely ceremonial nature of the event, the absence of iran in the list of 40 countries cannot but raise questions. >> warner: and a major new revelation today: in a document commissioned by qatar, a report from three former war crimes prosecutors, with photographs of what they said was the torture and killing of some 11,000 detainees by the assad regime. they r
Jan 16, 2014 2:30pm PST
questioned by a u.n. panel. the first time the catholic church has been interrogated on the abuse. >> victims of clerical sexual abuse struggle to be heard. campaigners are pleased that at last the vatican is being investigated by a u.n. committee. the vatican's are presented seemed contrite. is no excuse for any form of violence or exploitation of children. such crimes can never be justified. whether committed in the home, at school, and community, at sports programs or religious organizations. >> they added that the holy see was only legally responsible for abuse in five vatican cities. a provision long criticized by campaigners. >> if only they had jurisdiction over 30 children. hasously, the church followers and has influenced a lot more children's lives than the 30 they mentioned. fight hardhas had to for justice, claimed to have been abused by a teenager by an italian priest. the think it is time for church to stop this secrecy. putsieve the church themselves before the victims and the pain and abuse that we carry. >> there have been mounting evidence of abuse. sexual and psychological
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, what a mess. there was diplomatic arm twisting in istanbul. now an invitation from the u.n. the u.s. doesn't like it it's all jeopardizing geneva, isn't it? >> it is absolutely jeopardizing geneva. something they've been trying to organize for eight months to sit around the table with the syrian government to try and form a transitional government. in the end as you say they managed to get the opposition that we can finally at the last minute agree and then ban ki-moon issues this invitation for iran to join all the other countries. more than 40 countries in these talks and it looks like the opposition may not come, the whole thing in jeopardy. it all seems very aid. i can tell you what chain of developments very closely at the u.n. both on chemical weapons and on this issue the peace process. ban ki-moon consults terribly wide lynn. i always consults with the five permanent members of the u.n. security county, and particularly on this issue he callalways consults with the u.. and russia. >> just stay there for the moment because we want to get one reaction to the news of iran's i
Jan 21, 2014 5:00am PST
jets more often, against chinese aircraft. >>> u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon says iran is no longer welcome at the table for peace talks on syria. >>> and budding entrepreneurs are breathing new life in to technologies japanese companies patented but never developed. japanese fighter pilots are taking to the skies more often to respond to chinese aircraft. every three months the defense ministry releases data showing how many times jets scrambled to meet possible intrusions by aircraft. the ministry says it scrambled jets against chinese aircraft 138 times in the three months between october and december. that compares to 91 times in the same period of 2012. the record high was 146 in the first three months of 2013. japan has been scrambling planes more often against chinese aircraft since the government nationalized the senkaku islands in the east china sea in september 2012. japan says the islands are an inherent part of its territory in terms of history and international law. but china, and taiwan, claim them. china declared an air defense identification zone over th
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of diplomats from other countries. but after a day of fierce exchanges, the u.n. secretary general summed up, saying, "no one underestimated the difficulties." we get a full report, right after the news summary. in ukraine, the standoff between protesters and police turned bloody overnight. the clashes in kiev claimed two lives, but crisis talks later produced no resolution. matt frei, of "independent television news," is in kiev. >> this is the sound of i country divided, bitterly and today tragically. every one is making a noise. no one is listening. >> the wolf of kiev is ready for battle. >> this is not a front line of this crisis, the mood is extremely tense. just about an hour ago two protectors were killed by the police using rubber bullets, here both sides are ready for a fight. first barrage of rocks from the demonstrators. >> the answer, a barrage of stun grenades from the riot police. and the guns, shotguns firing. they're always heard, sometimes they even kill. the riot police advance like a fall angst of legionnaires shall moving like a millipede an when they catch a demonstrato
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Jan 16, 2014 5:00am EST
me by the ambassador to the u.n. what people hoped for was a change in the vatican's tone, a signal that they'd do more to combat sexual abuse, more to deal with the injustices of the past, to start providing the u.n. and others with real details of the cases that it is prosecuting internally, of the new measures and procedures being set up to ensure that things don't happen again. >> there's a pope in charge. he is popular for a number of rhetterics, threatening transparency and openness. the threat here was was the vatican going to show the openness on this toxic issue of child abuse. the initial response has not been positive. there's a lot of general rhetoric, there's no detail. once it was delivered they want a lot more questions answered and they were tough in the question. >> as i said earlier there were a lot of people here hoping there was a new atmosphere. we spoke to some, represented by various groups. we hoped the vatican would turn a page to deal with this in a different way. >> peter saunders was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his catholic priest at school.
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at the expense of sexual abuse victims. vatican officials told a u.n. committee today that the church can do a better job dealing with the global priest sex abuse scandal but denied accusations of a cover up. al jazerra's same inning mcgregor-wood has more now from geneva. >> reporter: for many this was a chance to display a new at thate and it was a very public form em. it opened with a statement from the vatican delegation. >> the results of the combined action taken by local churches and by the holy see presents a framework that when properly applied, will help eliminate the occurrence of child sexual abuse by clergy and other church personnel. >> reporter: an attempt to reassure but didn't convince many. the questions came thick and fast. >> what is the holy see doing with regard to article 39 of our convention, which refers to reparations both psychological and financial to children who have been victims of sexual abuse? despite the extensive protests, what steps have been taken with regard to sakes an spankses and punishments for clerics who have engaged in inappropriate conduct. >> re
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Jan 18, 2014 5:00am EST
for the update. that's al jazeera's bernard smith live in beirut. >> four u.n. workers and a representative from the international monetary fund are among 21 killed in a taliban attack in afghanistan. the victims were dining in a restaurant in an area of kabul when a suicide bomber blew himself up. two gunmen then began to shoot people inside >> even by the standards of afghanistan's war, this was a brutal attack. diners gunned down in a restaurant. al jazeera obtained video showing the aftermath. many died trying to hide under their tables. the country's top security apparatus showed up quickly, from special forces to intelligen intelligence eights. it was too late. the attackers were inside. they targeted the restaurant 40 feet down the street. one was a suicide bomber, detonating his explosive, blowing off the door, allowing the other two to enter with automatic weapons, and killing and shooting diners in the restaurant. this is the diplomatic area in the heart of kabul considered by many to be safe. the blast was heard across the city, drawing residents from their homes. >> translation: it w
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five". >>> the u.n. could be the worst thing ever to contain the letters u and n since untreatedn rabies. case in point, their climate chief says communism is tops at fighting global warming.obal one person claims america's political differences prevent passing laws to fight rising temperatures, while in commie china, they want to breathe air that they don't have to look at. they're not doing this to save the
Jan 20, 2014 3:00pm PST
at including iran in this week's scheduled gathering. and the u.n. secretary-general ultimately rescinded his invitation to the iranian government. we'll explore all of this, right after the news summary. >> ifill: iran, the u.s. and other world powers began implementing a landmark nuclear deal today. under the agreement, iran announced it unplugged banks of centrifuges that enrich uranium to high levels. the move was witnessed by international inspectors, and announced on state television. >> the implementation of the first phase of the geneva agreement has started to. comply with the agreement iran starting this morning stopped its 20% uranium enrichment. the process of oxidation and dilution of the 20% uranium stockpile has started. >> ifill: in return, the u.s. and the european union announced the easing of some economic sanctions. the agreement is good for the next six months, giving the parties time to try to reach a final agreement. >> ifill: in iraq today, a wave of bombings killed at least 28 people in and around baghdad. most of the explosions targeted crowded markets and court buil
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the problem is worldwide coming out of separate u.n. report coming out tomorrow where vatican and officials sit down face to face. >> for mike was abus, abuse tria life of drink and drugs and early death. >> most survivors are not interested in compensation. they're interested in knowing that what happened to them is not going to happen for future generation mishaving said that compensation i think is entirely appropriate when it comes to people whose lives, whose childhoods have been stolen. >> reporter: the vatican has a new pope. he's popular, and he has made big promises. pope francis wants openness and transparency even on this toxic issue. he set up a committee, and the extent they deal with the u.n. will be if he can deliver on the sexual abuse and allegations of cover up. reports talk about how widespread the abuse has been. >> we traced back over the last sort of two decades all the promises that they made versus what actually happened. and there have been many promises in the past with very little has happened concretely, and everything that has allegedly happened has happened in
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guilt by the u.n. or its record on sex abuse. >> the cult offering hope for people born with an incurable form of blindness. >> aljazeera obtained a leaked document which could have a serious impact on the upcoming geneva peace talks on syria, a letter from the foreign minister to the secretary general of the united nations accepting in a invitation to accept those talks. that it should be noted that we do not agree with certain points mentioned in the letter of invitation, simply for the reason that they are in conflict with the legal and political condition of syria. he goes on: >> i will speak to our correspondent rosalyn jordan in washington, d.c. in a molt, but first let's go to our diplomatic journalist at the hague. how important is this letter no. >> i think the letter is very important, because it's a reply to the official invitations to all of those supposed to attend the syria peace talks, supposed to start in switzerland next wednesday. this is the formal reply from the syrian government coming from no lesser figure than the deputy prime minister and foreign
Jan 22, 2014 1:00am EST
in the country. you have 40 countries and organizations there, the u.n. and the u.s. and russia as well. is the really telling absentees. iran will not be there. william hague, the foreign secretary of the u.n., says it was the right choice. they are not ready to say that a transitional government should be something we should all look for. >> a transitional government made up of those diverse groups. that is what is on the table? >> that is the aim of it. ,ou have the opposition there and the assad regime still want access as the top man of the state. there's the question of how fruitful these negotiations can be. what is expected across the board is that today's conference is the beginning of a process, not an end to the conflict. what we all want is an end to this conflict. >> john, thank you very much. >> coming up, michael bloomberg withill gates sat down emily chang and betty liu about their concerns for the future. >> the first and most important thing is every kid getting a good education, and in some parts of the world they understand that, and in some parts of the world they d
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-moon opened the meeting, and was stark was the extraordinary numbers involved near. the u.n. looking for $6.9 billion in pledges for syrian refugees in and outside of syrian. 13 million syrians are needing help. and ban ki-moon said he's now particularly concerned of reports of starvation outside coming in. and the attacks of cold are unrelenting. it really is a mood here, this is the biggest appeal they have had to put together. the mood is one of emergencicy. >> you mentioned the 69 countries, of course, iran is one of them, isn't it, and there's still no word if there aren't going to attend the geneva two talks in syria, but it is there, isn't it? >> well, elizabeth, yes, there is an iranian delegation, we saw hethem in the conference call. we still don't know whether they're going to turn up at the geneva talks next week, that's because they want to go without condition, but the u.s. can' no indications whether the iranians will go to geneva next week, but they're certainly here, and they're certainly participating here. >> that is bernard smith joining us from kuwait. >>> meanwhile, th
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Jan 17, 2014 3:00am EST
. the u.n. issues a stark warning. >> the elements are there. the seeds are there for genoci genocide. >> and uncertain future for thousands o deported from saudi arabia. >>> diplomatic activity is intensifying ahead of the so-called geneva 2 peace talks. hosting their syrian counterparts. meanwhile they'll decide whether they'll go to switzerland for the january 21st meeting. secretary of state john kerry has urged him to go, and he has told the assad regime that it remains a center aim of the talk. >> down kerry rejected syrian efforts to change the focus of geneva two from ending the civil war and installing an interim government to end terrorism. i called it an attempt to change history and said it wouldn't work. >> it defies logic to imagine that those who use brutality, how they could lead syria away from extremism to a better future is beyond logic or common sense. >> reporter: the syrian foreign minister tried to shift the focus of the conference when he accepted to attend geneva two. he wrote: >> reporter: kerry leaned on the syrian people to unite. >> so on the eve of the co
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Jan 18, 2014 11:00am EST
of various nationalities. four of them were u.n. staff. they had hoped that it was safe but no one can guarantee security. >> it speaks to the fact that security is a big issue in kabul no matter how secure a place may seem it's always going to be an issue. >> the restaurant was popular with foreigners and high ranking afghan officials. a rare space to relax in a time of war. it's owner was really known and liked. speaking to al jazeera in 2008 he was confident his business would not be targeted. >> we do not take part in any political activities. so the revenue from this activity is beneficial. >> he died in the attack. jane ferguson, kabul afghanistan. >> in south sudan a possible cease-fire the conflict that began on december 15th has forced thousands from their homes and claimed an unknown number of lives. the government has been holding talks with rebel leaders in ethiopia and both sides say a cease-fire will likely be signed by monday. we'll talk more about this with the u.n. special representative to south sudan. a spiritual leader in india has died. thousands come to mourn the
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Jan 21, 2014 3:00am EST
's no iran in this list. i think the peace talks about resemble hip oblige rahsy. u.n. officials hope iran -- bank ki mon was forced to acknowledge there would be no agreement if the opposition failed to show up to the talks. >> let's show you some live pictures from geneva international airport where the first documents started to arrive. the peace conference, which is due to be held in geneva, at the syria peace conference. the u.n. secretary i believe is expected to shortly come off the stairs of the airplane. and the steps of the airplane as he o will be one of the key figures of the peace conference in switzerland on ending the crisis. a total of 30 or so countries are invited to attend. not iran as we heard iran was sent an invitation by the general yesterday, but that indication is now withdrawn after protests from the syrian opposition and also the united states. so again, diplomat have started arriving in geneva for the syria peace conference coming down the substance of the airplane now is the secretary-general of the united nations ban ki-moon. ban ki-moon, of course, in a delic
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